Hand cart/dolly might make the most sense. One step at a time.
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Need two, one under each arm.. or strapped, backpack style, up the stairs I go.. Just have someone behind you, or tie a rope around your neck.. If you drop the amp, you'll want to jump..... pretty sure on that.
The box it came in strapped to a skit, and "skit it" up the steps, set on your butt and pull hand over hand, with a helper, tie the rope around their neck.. They won't mess up. Just once anyways..
If you don't have the ability. block and tackle, + Skit, is an easy way too...
OR like two people moving a person in a stretcher, two 2X4" 6-8 footers.
I took 375 pounders DOWN a spiral staircase, with a movers back strap. Took less than 10 minutes for the pair.. 30 minutes of prep... holding to rope rails with knots.. one step at a time. 12 steps a flat, 11 steps to the bottom.. 20" arms and 25" thigh, steroids do works. :-)
My amp is 100Lbs. The face has no protruding buttons etc and the back has 2 serious handles. Once I got it to the bottom of the stairs, I stood on a stair step, swung it between my legs and up, one step at a time. When I got to the top I did the same setting it down with each step along the carpeted floor. Use your legs not you back. If you don't have the handles this aint gonna happen.
Good luck. -John
A keg is a lot bigger and heavier than an amp, and we were able to carry one cross-country with two people just about any distance over just about any terrain. We took an empty 50 lb onion or potato sack and stuck a dowel (broom stick) through each side. You could make one out of an old pillow case, or a large bath towel or two. Mine we called the beer stretcher. You have permission to call yours the amp ambulator.
imhififan actually posted a link to a very unique hand-truck. I actually have not seen one like this. The problem with most hand-trucks, even if they have large pneumatic tires, is that you still have to have an enormous amount of lift to get the hand-truck up each step.
This hand-truck from northerntool has a 3-wheel rotating assembly. Watch the video in that page. It's worth $100.
It actually looks like it's back-ordered on Northern Tool. It's also available on ebay for $99 + $22 shipping. Just search for "Strongway Stair Climber Hand Truck".
There are other places on the web that sell similar 3-wheel hand-trucks.
In five weeks I'll be moving our stuff from storage to a new house. My audio room is the "bonus room" above the garage, about 15 steps up from the main level. My amp weighs 110# out of the box, speakers are 122# and subwoofers are 133# each. I've hired movers and walked thru the move with the owner, so he'd understand what's involved.
After the boxes are hoofed up the steps, getting my son & son-in-law to help me unbox the components and get them up on the stand.
I guess the next step is an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon?
I agree with those that suggest a hand cart that's made to climb stairs. As suggested one or two additional straps are necessary to keep the item being transported in place. My hand cart has an additional extension that folds down increases the size of the platform from 18" wide x 6" long to 22" long. I've used this to move heavy amps and very large, heavy speakers up and down long flights of steps. No problem. It's surprising how you will use it for moving many other items at home etc.
Longer this thread goes, with all good suggestions, more correct geoffkait seems to have been. (Sell the amp, buy a Discman.)
(no matter what they charge, it is worth it)
The risk of physical injury to either yourself or the amplifier by far outweighs any imaginary sonic benefits you might be hoping for.
As Clint Eastwood might say, ’A man’s gotta know his limitations.’
If you insist on being hardheaded, and as a fellow audiophile I would understand if in your search for audio nirvana you did, you could always follow in the alleged footsteps of Prince and his piano and employ the services of a giant crane.
There’s an example of someone doing just that here.
Hah, I watched those videos imhififan. There was another video that came up just after it:
The Northern tool 3-wheel type can help climb stairs, but it appears that it's harder to turn/rotate this type of hand truck. A hand truck with big tires and sliders appears to work better overall. An example:
Used this to move 200lb+ Wilsons and Egglestonworks up 3 flights of stairs (27 steps). You’d still need 2 people (one to pull, one to make sure it wouldn’t go backward) and some ties.
The base of this cart is pretty wide.
IMHO way better than hiring 2 kids + $20 and have their backs injured, and/or drop your stuff.
You never said how many stairs. If a straight shot (as we used to say in Chicago), You could buy 2-3 sheets of 3/8 plywood and lay them on the stairs (connected with "menders"). Just tie some cloths line around the box and sprinkle some talc on the chute to lessen friction. Just drag the sucker up the stairs (amp in box of course, two people better than one).
"Carry one amp with your left hand and the other with your right. It's super important that you maintain your balance and not get your spine out of alignment. Also bound up the stair steps two at a time to cut the total number of steps in half."
Yes. This is ridiculous. Injuries are
difficult to get over once you're over 40. After 50 they can threaten to become permanently debilitating.
Even months and sometimes years of rehab can't fully erase the damage a moment's carelessness can do.
Please be careful.
You'd be far better off practising stretching, improving blood and oxygen circulation and getting enough sleep to heal damage as best you can.
No one tells you, so I'm telling you.
Seriously, in an arena where $5k components are considered just "good", why skimp when it comes to moving components? Hire professional piano movers for heavy amplifiers and loudspeakers. They know how to move large, awkwardly shaped and heavy objects carefully. It will cost in the $200-500 range.
You could also look at it from a different perspective. In motorcycling if your bike tips over the rider should be able to get it upright without anyone else's help. If you can't, then maybe you should get a smaller motorcycle. Same goes for audio equipment. There's plenty of great sounding equipment out there that will still break your bank account, but not your back.
If you can't lift 100 lbs by yourself - then you need another person besides wifey/gf/daughter who is strong enough and won't drop it. I once tried to take a Proceed 5 ch amp (~100 lbs) up a floor. The problem with the amp was that all the weight was in the front and it almost took my toe off, luckily I was able to slowly lower the amp to the floor without damaging it. Amps that weigh ~ 100 lbs are meant to be stationary. Handcarts etc can be handy, but if it rolls own the stairs and knocks your granny over, its pretty much over.
LOL You can cut the weight in half by just STARTING. That’s half the job..
I’m just glad it’s not heavy, really. Folks have talk you into it being heavy, it’s not. It’s 100 pounds... OK...
You got your skinny butt, or your FAT butt, or (if one butt cheek is bigger than the other) off the couch, chair, or bucket, to go relieve yourself, now go the extra 15 feet and move towards the AMP... MOVE towards the amp... OP.....
NOW put your hands on the amp....
Push the amp... IT moves 2" INCHES good , your halfway there! YUP your halfway there. NOW if you want the other HALF, that’s gonna cost ya, this is a UNION job, there is a slow down, at the negotiation table...
COVID, guidelines clearly state........................LOL ;-)
Enjoy the new stuff.. I just got a bunch of new GSR Planar Neo3, and 10s. Play time for me... 10 @ 111.00 for neo 10 planar drivers.. Oh yea.. Even a price break...
New monitors coming up...
Get your wife to move it!
Seriously though; I'm lucky as I'm still able to move up to 200 lbs. by myself. I just carried two Pioneer speakers up a long flight of stairs. I was huffing and puffing a bit, I admit.
I can't see hiring two young people to do the job. I can picture it already. BANG, BUMP! DROP!
I have a scar on my arm from where my Pass 250.8 heat sinks dug in when I picked it up.Oh the dangers of being an audiophile/